What if we paired a high school freshman with a college freshman and keep them connected throughout their four years? A big brother, big sister program can not only allow for meet ups, connections, and information sharing, but also a sense of belonging. The big brother/sister can share their story of their college journey in real time. They can both discuss challenges, successes, and helpful hints along the way.
Benefits from this idea:
-allows for the high school student to feel confident of the college process before having to apply
-allows for both of the students to feel a sense of belonging and partnership [they don't have to go through this alone!]
-allows for the college student to feel a sense of ownership and since of pride that they are making a difference in someone's life
-allows for the college student to feel responsible to complete college, because someone is counting on them and rooting for them along the way
-allows for the high school student to gain insider information on the college process, class descriptions, and expectations of school